Communist Christmas

All my Christmas presents have been wrapped up and mailed (and some already opened… now that they’re supported in Canada, I got Caitlin a Kindle, which I’m already a little jealous of, and speaking of gadgets, I also gifted a handheld wikipedia — available here — which is just so cool and I wish had been available when I was a kid), and Nefarious has been put on a plane to visit her mother for Christmas. In a way that’s my gift to them both, because it was “my year” for Christmas in our legal-world agreement, but they get to see each other far too rarely, so I wanted them to have the time together.

That wasn’t totally selfless though — first thing in the morning Caitlin and I are getting on a plane to Cayo Coco, Cuba, having bought a last minute vacation for the resort that had the best reviews we could find. It will be so nice to relax for a week, put my feet up, do a little sailing, and float in the ocean. Especially because earlier in the week I had a nasty fall and perhaps even broke my ankle — even on a mountain of oxy it’s doing very little to control it, so I’m nauseous from the pain and it’s even harder than normal to walk. I’m really looking forward to it. I’m bringing my computer along to do some programming (I’m really enjoying adding more and more to ZenCASH and have made good headway to adding support for — with an increasingly jumbled GUI since it can do so much — Backpage and Daype automated searching as well), and maybe some writing as well.

Anyway, happy holidays everyone, we’ll be back just before the New Year.


Adding on, because I mostly wrote all that “in advance”, when I was driving back from the airport I got pulled over as part of an alcohol check… “Have you been drinking tonight,” the cop asks me, and I tell him no. I mean, why are they even pulling people over for this as they leave the airport parking lot? Do people go to the airport to drink? Anyway, then he gives me a buddy-buddy laugh and says, “just haven’t started for the night yet, right?” I told him that I don’t drink at all and asked him if I could leave. Thanks a lot for that waste of time. It greatly improved my mood for the hour long traffic jam that followed!

Continuing in the complaining, we’re supposed to be at the airport at something like 3 AM. Arrrrrrgh! I think I will fall asleep at the airport as soon as I am permitted to sit. Should I even go to bed? I’m am seriously dying to get off my legs. There’s blood pooled in my heel — bruising along the side — which increases my suspicion that something is at least minimally broken. I have trip insurance, maybe I will get to test the theory that Cuba has a superior health care system. Anyway, complaining done. I have a lot left to do tonight, like, starting packing, and lest my recent two paragraphs mislead you, I really am hugely looking forward to the next week.


  1. Elizabeth wrote:

    That phoro is painting-worthy. Happy holidays.

    Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 8:01 pm | Permalink
  2. Meghan wrote:

    Yikes, sorry about your ankle.

    My boyfriend broke his ankle last year running in a marathon-like event (it’s a 80-mile team event rather than a single person). Because the race is so long, they can’t close the roads. A dumbass guy with a heavy-duty pickup truck with extended mirrors came barreling down the side of the road and didn’t give my boyfriend room to run (even though he was on the side of the road anyway). He had to decide at the last second if he should take a blow to the face or jump into a ditch to the side. He chose to jump, and his ankle broke on impact. The worst part, though, is he continued to run on it for another 1.5 mile until he tagged off with another team member.

    His ankle swelled and went blue, and that’s when I finally convinced him to have an x-ray done. Broken. Sucked!

    Anyway, hope yours doesn’t put a cramp in your vacation style. Have a nice one!

    Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 8:04 pm | Permalink
  3. John B wrote:

    Hey Shannon, just wanted to let you know you just made a guest appearance on MSNBC Lockup: Colorado – a pair of inmates had tattooed their eyes and during the shakedown looking for the needles they found “instructions”, 2 full color printouts of your blog entry with a nice clear shot of your eye and head tattos ^-^

    Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 8:34 pm | Permalink
  4. john wrote:

    hello hope all is good for you i checked your nasty fall link ….if your a fran of parkour check this

    then look at his other stuff and the french film banlieue 13 personally prefer the 1st one but the 2nds not bad either parkour and tattoos cars gangster and guns…. fun

    Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 6:52 am | Permalink
  5. starbadger wrote:

    travel well

    Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 10:50 am | Permalink
  6. Danielle wrote:

    Travel safely and Happy Christmas!

    Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Permalink
  7. peteD3 wrote:

    i am very suspicious of the Kindle. i think it would be an easy way for corporations to control and censor literature and information once distrubuted primarily on paper.

    look at how they control music now, can books be far behind. i wouldnt support such a device.

    Monday, December 21, 2009 at 2:04 pm | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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